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Re: Captia/security boxes


From: Randi
Date: Mar 23, 2009 1:00PM

Thank you everyone for your replies. I'm going to email the accessible
twitter guy and see what he says. I'm glad I now know the acronym for
those gnarly boxes haha. I will be thinking of ideas for another way
to prevent spammers.

It used to happen on myspace all the time even though they had the
boxes. You'd get a post from someone and if you followed the link it
allowed for phishing. So I'm familiear with why they use them but man
they're next to impossible. With the Twitter listen to option, I could
make out the words, but it gave a whole phrase, yet only wanted 2
words typed so it just didn't work. I'll write that guy and see what
he says.

Seriously, I think the asking of a simple question would solve
it....are computers that smart?

On 3/23/09, Stephan Wehner < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
> On Mon, Mar 23, 2009 at 9:55 AM, Randi < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> I'm sure you're familiar with those stupid captia boxes, where you
> CAPTCHA is an acronym for
> Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart
> wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captcha
>> must type the letters you see to prove you'r not a spammer. Most have
>> a "listen to this" option but I haven't even figured those out. I
>> tried to sign up for a twitter and could not get past their listen
>> option. It says to type the 2 words, but it gives me an entire phrase
>> when I listen. Does anyone know a work around?
>> Also, I've heard of some sites simply asking a question like, what
>> color is grass? If I were to write to sites that have these
>> inaccessible or confusing captias, might I suggest an alternative? Are
>> the open to that sort of thing? I had a sighted friend help set up
>> Facebook, and they have an option to reply to a text message to
>> eliminate further captias. This is great, but I needed a sighted
>> person to help set it up.
> I think most sites would be open to a suggestion. But it is not known
> how to solve the problem.
> The problem is that spammers target websites that perform automated
> comment-posts or automated sign-ups.
> Their programs post all kinds of nonsense comments or articles, often
> with links to irrelevant sites that they operate.
> (I'm sorry I couldn't find an example victim site for you)
> Websites of course want ordinary people to contribute or sign-up, but
> how does one recognize and block spammers?
> The ordinary CAPTCHA's you mention kind of work for sighted people,
> but not that well either.
> How to allow the blind to participate while preventing spammers? If
> you have an idea, feel free to let me know (or this list)
> Stephan
>> I'd like to get a twitter to see what all the fuss is about, but I'm
>> stuck.
>> Thanks,
>> Randi
>> --
>> I'm not disabled, my eyes are. ;)